I've never considered the pick-up pistols to be power weapons. Even the boltok, which is awesome when you get the right opportunity to use it, has barely any influence as a "power" weapon. I'm pretty sure that in 90% of games the pistols go completely untouched. Am I the only one that thinks that those pick-up spots where pistols are could be better used for a weapon with a bit more influence over a match? Imagine if every pistol pick-up was swapped with a sniper. Wouldn't that simple change enhance the strategic importance of every pistol spot in every match? Just in general, I feel that having the gorgon and boltok as pickups is a waste of potential resources for a match. I think that all of the pistols should be selectable prior to the match, just like the shotties and the ARs, that way picukp spots could be used for more influential weapons and the pistols would get more use at the same time.
In my mind, the boltok is the only issue with this idea because if people could spawn with a boltok heads would fly everywhere, but I think that could be solved with some simple damage tweaking. I'm not suggesting this for Gears 3, I'm just speculating over the gears multiplayer experience in general. Any thoughts?